What is being considered now is the allocation (read: privatization) of up to 25 percent of the remaining red snapper to charter fishermen, the headboat operators. This is a mistake. I admit to being conflicted in this, because as the head of fisheries in Texas for many years, I routinely opposed federal management actions that I felt unfairly treated Texas anglers. I am also a long-time supporter of these operators. They are, for the most part, industrious, conservation-minded individuals who are the backbone of the coastal fishery business.